Mexican Memory Keeper

11-14 year olds | one hour

Let your child keep their holiday memories tucked away in this traditional Mexican yarn craft. They can hang this decorative memento in the corner of the room, above the bed or in a window.

What You'll Need

  • 6 sticks, two 45 cm long, four 35 cm long
  • 1 or 2 rolls of string in different colours
  • scissors
  • pruners to cut the sticks (parent supervision required)

Instructions

1. Start by crossing the two long sticks.
2. Tie the loose end of the string around the intersection. Wrap the string about ten times, securing the cross in place.
3. Now, wrap the string around the closest stick, as close to the intersection as possible.
4. Continue by wrapping around the next stick, then the next stick, etc.
5. Wrap your way around each of the sticks until there is only about 7-8 centimeters of stick left bare. Cut the string and knot the end around a stick.
6. Place the four smaller sticks in a square around the weaving.
7. Wrap additional string around each of these intersections and tie the four framing sticks into place.
8. Stick mementos in the weave of string (feathers, photos, shells, tickets, etc).
9. Tie a piece of string at the top of one of the intersections. Hang up and admire.

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